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Burma-Shave streetcar signs

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Burma-Shave streetcar signs

Two signs advertising “Burma-Shave” shaving cream, used by Burma-Vita Company, 1952.

For details, view this sign in our collections database.

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Pig’s Eye beer advertisement

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Pig's Eye beer advertisement

Cardboard stand-up advertisement for Pig’s Eye beer featuring Jesse Ventura with a can of Pig’s Eye in his hand and a keg under his foot.  Circa 1990s.

For details, view the advertisement in our online collections database.

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Institute of Health advertisement

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Institute of Health advertisement

Advertisement for the Minneapolis Institute of Health printed on the back of a schedule for the 1933 season of Minneapolis Millers baseball and University of Minnesota football.

For details, view the advertisement and schedule in our online collections database.

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1964 Hollywood Vassarette Munsingwear Sales Promotion Kit

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Today, the “Penguin” golf shirt may be Munsingwear’s most recognized creation, but underwear was the company’s foundation. From 1890-1980, Munsingwear produced innovative undergarments, including the union suit and silk plated wool, for men, women, and children.

The Hollywood Vassarette division, established in 1958, specialized in women’s fashionable coordinated undergarments. This colorful sales promotion kit represents Munsingwear’s commitment to producing undergarments to complement a season’s trends and to create a desired silhouette. The 1964 sales promotion kit folder contains four full-color advertisements, a full-color foldout with merchandise display suggestions, and an illustrated booklet,  “A Re-cap of Our Fashion Notebook for Spring-Summer, 1964”, describing the current trends.


Sales Promotion Kit: Hollywood Vassarette, 1963. Munsingwear, Inc. Records. Minnesota Historical Society.

An online inventory for the Munsingwear collection is available at http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/00206.xml

Sehri Strom, Collections Assistant


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Perfection in Munsingwear

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Perfection in Munsingwear

An advertising oil painting dated 1914 shows two young girls wearing Munsingwear union suits while their grandmother approvingly looks on. Signed “Myles 1914″ at lower right.

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“Hey, shrimp!”

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

1930s bus advertisment for cod liver oil

Bus advertisement for Sterling cod liver oil, the Kildall Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1930s.

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March of the Doughboys

Friday, March 25th, 2011

We celebrate the Pillsbury Doughboy, arguably Minnesota’s best-known advertising icon, with a look at some of the nearly 600 objects in the Minnesota Historical Society’s collection that feature Poppin’ Fresh. Many of these items are drawn from the Richard Ferrell Flour Milling Industry History Collection.

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Lucky the Leprechaun bobblehead

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Lucky the Leprechaun bobblehead

Lucky the Leprechaun bobblehead doll made by Funko Inc. in Lynwood, Washington, circa 2000. Lucky is the advertising icon for Lucky Charms cereal, a product of General Mills, Inc. based in Golden Valley, Minnesota.

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There is no squeal

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Pig shaped cutting board

Laminated pine cutting board in shape of pig with advertisement for Red River California Pine from the South Side Lumber Co. of Minneapolis. Circa 1940.

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